Oracle about to make their entry
Oracle hitting 37 knots when they entered the box
Oracle enter at 41 kts. Team NZ almost reach 43 kts.
Team NZ up to 42 knots. They are digging deep, which is different to yesterday
Barker with a big move here. Can he get in the inside.
Team NZ grab the leeward side so can go for the left
Oracle going for the hook
Oracle looking to get back behind Team NZ.
Team NZ might have the edge here.
Team NZ in a strong position, leading Oracle and letting the clock wind down
Oracle now on top as Team NZ tack away.
Just like that, Spithill gets underneath and Oracle in dominant position
Both will be slow off the line. Oracle with the better start.
Oracle are off with speed now.
Oracle will have a nice lead at mark 1. Team NZ had it but Oracle got back inside and then got the jump.
Spithill will be pleased with that. It looked dodgy at one stage but he managed to get underneath and in front of Team NZ who had to tack away. The lead is already nearly 100m
Oracle lead out to 100m. What will Team NZ do from here? First gybes...
Both boats near the port boundary as they gybe back into the middle of the course.
NZ Hays, you sure the wife isn't just a little uncomfortable because of the tension?
Very similar speeds. Oracle at 34 kts. Team NZ 33.8 kts
As it stands going up the first downwind leg, Oracle have a 114m lead.
They are both heading towards the Alcatraz boundary.
Team NZ made an aggressive move in the pre-start but had to do it close to the line which meant they lost a lot of speed and it allowed Oracle to dive underneath and gain the port side
Team NZ gybe first as Oracle follow.
Lead still around 100m to Oracle.
Team NZ eating into that lead a little bit. Down to 85m now.
Will Team NZ eye a split for the upwind leg?
The next leg will be the crucial one and probably the one that decides this race. Most of the passing lanes have been on the upwind leg, which is when Team NZ have shown good speed
Team NZ gybe back inside and Oracle keep going which could creat that split.
Oracle come in on the right for the lefthand gate.
It looks like the teams will be on split tacks going into the upwind leg. Oracle will head out right and Team NZ left
Team NZ not too far behind.
Lead still around 115m. We have a split so we can expect some more crosses.
Team NZ cutting the lead down to 45m.
Both boats hitting about 26 knots going upwind. There's quite a bit of separation and Team NZ seem to be making some gains
Looks like Team NZ have the edge here.